Nearly All Stage Collapse Claimants Accept Indiana Settlement Offers

by Rick Howlett on December 15, 2011

The Indiana Attorney General’s office says all but two of the claimants from last summer’s state fair stage collapse will accept settlement offers from the state.

Spokesman Bryan Corbin says 63 claimants have confirmed they’ll accept the offers, including the estates of seven people killed in the August 13 incident just prior to a Sugarland concert.

The other 58 will be compensated for their injuries, based on severity.

“We had one individual, one claimant, who was a minor, a teenager, who suffered permanent paralysis and his settlement offer was over $500,000,” Corbin said.

Corbin says the payouts account for all but about $2,000 of the $5 million in total compensation available under state law.

The state is still awaiting a response from the two remaining claimants.

Another lawsuit is pending against Sugarland, the concert promoter and others.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press; Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)

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